The Benefits of Classroom Walkthroughs

When it comes to improving instruction and maximizing student learning, teachers and principals know there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But one best practice that has been shown to have a positive impact on both teachers and students is the classroom walkthrough.

Simply put, a classroom walkthrough is when a principal or instructional coach visits a classroom for the purpose of observing and providing feedback on the quality of instruction. While walkthroughs have been around for many years, they have gained renewed interest in recent years as a tool for school improvement. But what are the benefits of classroom walkthroughs? Let’s take a look.


Benefit #1: Classroom walkthroughs help principals and instructional coaches identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in a given school or district.

Classroom walkthroughs allow principals and instructional coaches to gather data on the quality of instruction in their schools or districts. This data can then be used to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses so that resources can be allocated accordingly. For example, if a particular school has many teachers who are not using effective instructional strategies, that school may need more resources for professional development.

Benefit #2: Classroom walkthroughs help build trust between administrators and teachers.


When done correctly, classroom walkthroughs can be an excellent way to build trust between administrators and teachers. Teachers appreciate knowing that their administrators are interested in observing them in their classrooms and are willing to give feedback that is both honest and constructive. In turn, administrators gain a better understanding of what goes on inside the classrooms daily and can make more informed decisions about policies and procedures.


Benefit #3: Classroom walkthroughs improve communication between administrators and teachers.

Classroom walkthroughs allow administrators and teachers to communicate about what works well in the classroom and what needs improvement. This exchange of information can help build mutual respect between administrators and teachers and create an environment where everyone works together towards the common goal of student success.


When it comes to school improvement, there is no silver bullet solution. But one best practice that has been shown to have a positive impact on both teachers and students is the classroom walkthrough. Classroom walkthroughs allow principals and instructional coaches to gather data on the quality of instruction in their schools or districts to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. They also help build trust between administrators and teachers while improving communication. Ultimately, this leads to better outcomes for students.

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